Message to Our Community on the Coronavirus

Important Update 6/18/20 10:00 am 

Due to the ongoing, and quickly evolving challenges our city, state and the nation are facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are doing our part to encourage curving exposure. NLEN will extend our modified schedule following Mayor E. Lightfoot's announcement to keep CPS schools closed through June 30, 2020. Because we care about the safety and wellbeing of our staff, our clients and the community, we are suspending in-person orientations, intake and CEDA application processing until June 30. Intake will take place on Thursdays through a conference call. Our intake coordinator, Zhane Davenport, will directly contact all those who are interested in enrolling in job readiness training. Our READI and U-Turn Permitted programs will continue through virtual meetings and e-learning tools and we are exploring other virtual options and we will make those announcements known should they become available.

The North Lawndale Employment Network, like you, sees that the entire world is on alert and challenged by a health issue that has already affected the lives of thousands. We stand with and have compassion for all of those who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As an organization deeply invested in the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients, partners, and stakeholders, we understand it is our responsibility to remain up-to-date and vigilant on the latest scientific information about the spread of coronavirus and to take all precautions necessary for the safety of all who come in contact with our organization.

We understand that we serve some of the most vulnerable populations in Chicago including those suffering from poverty and those with restricted or limited access to healthcare, transportation, childcare or even support from others. To that end, we have devised the following measures for all North Lawndale Employment Network and Sweet Beginnings LLC programming in efforts to prevent the spread of the virus to some of Chicago’s most vulnerable populations.

Workforce Programs

All workforce programs including U-Turn Permitted, the Financial Opportunity Center, Job Club and Moving Forward will be facilitated through a virtual learning platform over the next two weeks effective Monday, March 16th. Fast Lane Automotive Training is suspended until further notice. Upon the conclusion of this two-week period, the NLEN administrative staff will revisit the need for an extension or modification of this action plan based on the latest reports regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

NLEN is prepared to provide phone card subsidies not to exceed $50.00 for current program participants who use their phones or personal mobile devices to access job readiness training via the online learning platform. Current participants will also receive two weeks of Ventra cards to assist with transportation needs during job searching or training in our customized skills training program.

 

For questions about U-Turn Permitted, contact Jose Wilson at 773-638-8738 or jose@nlen.org.

For questions about the Financial Opportunity Center, contact Tanesha House at 773-638-1813 or tanesha@nlen.org.

READI

Participants of READI will continue to receive high-quality Cogitative Behavioral Therapy and Professional Development through an e-learning method that will allow 90 minutes of face to face interaction with their READI Coach and Crew Chiefs. In addition, Coaches and Crew Chiefs will be available by phone to assist participants with support during their time away from READI.  Participants who use their cell phones during this time are eligible for $50 to pay for their cell phone bills to supplement their data usage. 

For questions about the READI program, contact Coretta Rivers at 773-584-4020 or coretta@nlen.org.

Sweet Beginnings LLC

Production at our social enterprise will be limited to two days a week to ensure customers receive prompt online orders during this two-week period. The other three days of the week will be focused on virtual training in non-production based areas of retail such as customer service and marketing.

Supportive Services

The Resource room will be suspended for a period of two weeks effective Monday, March 16th with an option to extend this suspension based on the latest reports on the spread of the virus. Sign-up for Divvy For All will be available via email only to: outreach@divvybikes.com

 

CEDA applications have been suspended until April 21st. 

It is important for us to come together as a community in these critical times. We all need to do our part to help reduce the spread of incorrect information and harmful rumors that place our community at risk. The coronavirus and the illnesses associated with it such as COVID-19 do not target people based on race or ethnic background. Specifically, being of Asian descent does not increase susceptibility to the virus or increase the chance of spreading it to others. Fight stigma and fear by supporting people who may be coming back to school or work after traveling internationally or completing a quarantine or isolation period for COVID-19. Let us work together to remain safe and healthy. For the most trusted, up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the specific coronavirus websites of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or the WHO (World Health Organization).

Thank you for your continued support and for being a member of our NLEN community. We are more than ever committed to building, believing and beginning in a community that works – together.

Respectfully,

Brenda Palms Barber

 

President and CEO, NLEN and CEO, Sweet Beginnings, LLC

External Resources
Healthcare Support

Here is a list of local-area hospitals that provide healthcare services to those with and without insurance. Please note that if you have a medical emergency, dial 911.

Mt. Sinai Hospital

1500 S. Fairfield Ave.

Chicago, IL 60608

773-542-2000
 

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County

1969 W. Ogden Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612

312-864-6000

 

Saint Anthony Hospital

2875 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL 60623

773-484-1000

 

Loretto Hospital

645 S. Central Ave.

Chicago, IL 60644

773-626-4300

 

Temporary Housing

For those who are housing insecure or in need of shelter, please see the following list of resources. Please note that NLEN has no control over or any ability to determine how these services are distributed.

 

A Safe Haven

2750 Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

773-435-8300

 

Deborah’s Place

2822 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612

773-722-5080

 

The Boulevard

3465 W. Franklin Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60624

773-533-6013
 

The Primo Center for Women and Children

1609 and 1615 S. Homan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624

773-379-1186

 

Food Banks and Pantries

For those in need of or have limited access to food resources, please see the list below. Please note that NLEN has no control over or any ability to determine how these services are distributed.
 

Breakthrough Fresh Market

3334 W. Carroll Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624

872-444-8260

 

Casa Catalina Food Pantry

4537 S. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60609

773-376-9425

 

Manna Food Pantry

1230 S. Millard Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623

 

Marillac House Food Pantry

2859 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612

773-584-3244

2019 North Lawndale Employment Network

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • LinkedIn - Grey Circle